So I don't want to paint the wrong picture for you. What I'm saying is that many times we decide what is true based on what we feel or what we think. Our feelings are up and down. Our thinking isn't always right. We need something more stable.
Truth is the stability we need. It is a belt that keeps things together. And the Belt of Truth is the Word.
The entirety of Your word is truth,
And every one of Your righteous judgments endures forever.
There is only one reason I can think of for when a believer has an up and down relationship with God, or frames his world that way. It's because this believer has not esteemed the Word of God enough. I don't mean to sound harsh at all, but I'm saying this is good news because it doesn't have to be that way. So how do we esteem the Word, and how much should we esteem it? Look at this:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
John 1: 1-5 NKJV Emphasis mine...
The Word is God, The Word is Jesus
The scripture above says that the Word of God is God.
Let that marinate a bit. Do you have a bible in your house? Hold it up. In between those pages is God himself. He is in those words, along with his eternal power, integrity, and rock-solid promises. It is for you because God is for you. God is in the Word, God is the Word.
The Word became flesh. His name is Jesus. Jesus is the embodiment of the Word and everything we call Truth.
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
He is the Truth. God's Word is Truth. Jesus is the Word. What does Truth look like? It looks like Jesus. You have permission to esteem the Word as high as God. In fact, you should. Look at this:
I will worship toward Your holy temple,
And praise Your name
For Your lovingkindness and Your truth;
For You have magnified Your word above all Your name.
God has magnified his word above his own name.
The name of God is all authority in the universe. And God exalted his word above his own name. This is because of the integrity of his word. He cannot speak without his words carrying his very essence and the same authority. How much authority does God have? It is maxed out. How much authority does his name have? It is maxed out. How much authority and integrity does every word have that leaves his mouth? Maxed out. If it can be "above" it is above according to that verse.
I am literally only seeing this now as well. The verse talks about Lovingkindness (Grace) and Truth being the reason the psalmist worships and praises God. Again pointing to the fact that Grace and Truth came by Jesus.
For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
Jesus is grace, truth, the word, and has the name above all names. It all comes together in Jesus. And it should– because he holds all things together:
And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.
Jesus – the Word made flesh – the embodiment of grace and truth – is the glue that holds every molecule together. When God spoke by Jesus – because John 1 says nothing is created without Jesus and the Word – that very word continues to uphold everything and keep things together. He speaks once and the Word continues to carry on into eternity, holding things in place. Here's another passage that is much like John 1:
who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high
Jesus is the brightness of God's glory! He looks just like the Father! And everything is upheld by the power of his word! Jesus is the word that let the Father sit down after creation. Jesus is the word that let himself sit down after redemption. In him all things consist that he should have preeminence. The worlds hang on the words of Jesus.
By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.
But people still miss out on Jesus...
Here's the tragedy. You can esteem the Word above all else, study it with diligence and STILL miss out on Truth.
You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.
The people who were most against Jesus during his day were also those who were most in the word. The ancient Torah (or Pentateuch, the first 5 books of the Bible) was memorized by every Pharisee worth his salt. And yet when the fulfillment of scripture, of hundreds of years of prophecy, the very embodiment of Truth, the express image of the Father– when he was standing in front of them they missed it.
There is a way to read the bible wrong.
If you read it like it is a reference book. If you read it without its author– the Holy Spirit. If you read it not to seek the Lord but to seek rules by which you can achieve some fake version of righteousness on your own strength. If you read it like a Pharisee– you will miss it.
I think of it like a jigsaw puzzle. You cannot assemble a jigsaw puzzle well without the image on the box. You need to know what it looks like. You make luck out on finding a few pieces that fit together here and there and build "islands" of truth. But you can't make these islands fit together well and you end up creating a Frankenstein version of the truth. It will have some truth but not be the whole truth.
This is what Jesus meant when he called us an unbelieving and perverse generation. (Matthew 17:17). He is saying we assembled it wrong. We assembled it without him.
Jesus is the picture on the box. He is the express image of the Father and the only accurate picture of Truth. We can't read the bible without Jesus because the whole book is about him.
The stories you know have layers of meaning. Abraham giving up Isaac is a picture of God giving up his only begotten. Joseph was sold by his brothers by pieces of silver and ended up becoming salvation. Jesus was sold by his brother to become our salvation. David beat Goliath and cut off his head. Jesus, the Son of David beat a greater Goliath on a place called Golgotha (the Skull). It is all about Jesus and comes together in Jesus. Don't read the word without Jesus.
The Word fulfills its Mission
Here's a verse I always think about that links these two points together: esteeming the Word and Jesus fulfilling the word:
So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;
It shall not return to Me void,
But it shall accomplish what I please,
And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.
Every word God speaks has a mission. An assignment. And it prospers in it. It returns to God and says "Mission Accomplished". Each time, every time.
Jesus is the Word that God sent. He had a mission to save us. Living a perfect life, dying on the cross to pay what we cannot pay. Rising from the grave to be the first of many who do that. Returning to the Father and before sitting on his right hand.. I imagine him saying "Mission Accomplished". He made salvation available. Now we're saved and we cannot be snatched from his hand.
That is our Jesus. That is the Word. If he gives you a Word you can bet your life on it because Jesus says heaven and earth may pass away but his words never will.
Build on The Rock
24 “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: 25 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.
26 “But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: 27 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”
We began this with a question: can we have a stable life? The answer is yes. Jesus is our rock. His words are what we build on. Once we settle it with conviction that we are to value his words more than silver or gold, once we make his word the only source of truth for us and nothing else will do – no feeling, no news article, no worldly idea can come close – we can find stability.
If we esteem the words of Jesus and obey them, we build our lives on a rock. Storms will still come but we will not fall. The rock we're on is unshakeable. We can be stable. We don't need to go up and down. We don't need to waver in our relationship with God wondering if he is for us one day and against us on the next. If Jesus shows us how to live and we continue in his word, this is what waits for us– an unshakeable life.